Dr. Sarah Schäfer

Building D Room 403
Phone: +49 (0)651 201 2962
e-mail

Consultation by appointment
Curriculum Vitae

 

Biographic Sketch

since October 2016
Post-Doc position, Cognitive Psychology, Prof. Dr. Christian Frings, University of Trier, Germany

September 2016
PhD, University of Trier,
Name of the thesis: Investigating Self-Representations: An assessment of the generation of self-representations and how they affect cognitive processes, Grade: summa cum laude

April 2014 - September 2016
Postgraduate research scientist, Cognitive Psychology, Prof. Dr. Christian Frings, University of Trier, Germany

March 2014
Master of Science in Psychology, University of Trier

October 2009 – September 2012
Bachelor of Science in Psychology, University of Trier

 

Grants

German Research Council (DFG) SCHA 2253/1-1: The Adaptivity of the ‘Minimal’ Self: Investigating Mechanisms of a basic Self-concept. Principal investigator S. Schäfer in cooperation with Prof. C. Frings and Prof. D. Wentura (as of January 2021)

Reviewing Activity

Journals

Editorial Assistence:

  • Experimental Psychology (since Juli 2018)

Ad-Hoc Gutachten:

  • Acta Psychologica
  • Attention, Perception, & Psychophysics
  • British Journal of Psychology
  • Cognition
  • Cognition and Emotion
  • Cognitive Science
  • Experimental Psychology
  • Journal of Experimental Psychology: Applied
  • Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance
  • Journal of Experimental Social Psychology
  • Journal of Mental Health & Clinical Psychology
  • Journal of Cognitive Psychology
  • PLOS ONE
  • Psychological Research
  • Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology
  • Visual Cognition

Co-Gutachten:

  • Appetite
  • Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance
  • Psychological Research
  • Psychological Science

 

Publications

Journal Articles and Book Contributions

Schäfer, S., Wesslein, A-K., Spence, C., & Frings, C. (in press) When self-prioritization crosses the senses: Crossmodal self-prioritization demonstrated between vision and touch. British Journal of Psychology.

Schäfer, S., Wentura, D., & Frings, C. (2020). Creating a network of importance: The particular effects of self-relevance on stimulus processing. Attention, Perception, & Psychophysics, 1-7. 10.3758/s13414-020-02070-7.

Schäfer, S. & Frings, C. (2019) Understanding self-prioritisation: the prioritisation of self-relevant stimuli and its relation to the individual self-esteem, Journal of Cognitive Psychology, 31, 813-824. 10.1080/20445911.2019.1686393.

Schäfer, S., Wentura, D., Pauly, M., & Frings, C. (2019). The natural egocenter: An experimental account of locating the self. Consciousness and Cognition, 74. 10.1016/j.concog.2019.102775.

Schäfer, S. & Frings, C. (2019). Searching for the inner self: Evidence against a direct dependence of the self-prioritization effect on the ventro-medial prefrontal cortex. Experimental Brain Research, 237, 247-256. 10.1007/s00221-018-5413-1.

Schäfer, S., Wentura, D., Frings, C. (2017). Distinctiveness effects in self-prioritization. Visual Cognition, 25, 399-411. 10.1080/13506285.2017.1346739.

Schäfer, S., Wesslein, A. K., Spence, C., Wentura, D., & Frings, C. (2016). Self-prioritization in vision, audition, and touch. Experimental Brain Research, 234, 2141-2150. 10.1007/s00221-016-4616-6.

Schäfer, S., Frings, C., & Wentura, D. (2016). About the Composition of Self-Relevance: Conjunctions not Features are Bound to the Self. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, 23, 887-892. 10.3758/s13423-015-0953-x.

Schäfer, S., Wentura, D., & Frings, C. (2015). Self-prioritization beyond perception. Experimental Psychology, 62, 415-425. 10.1027/1618-3169/a000307.


Invited Talks

Schäfer, S. (2020). How to create a network of importance: a (non-social) investigation of the adaptivity of the self-concept. Eingeladener Vortrag im Kolloquium der Abteilung für Allgemeine Psychologie (Prof. Dr. Christina Bermeitinger), Universität Hildesheim, 28.01.2020.

Schäfer, S. (2015). Priorisierung des Selbst: Wie stark ist die Aufmerksamkeitsallokation aufgrund von Selbstrelevanz. Eingeladener Vortrag im Kolloquium der Abteilung für Allgemeine Psychologie u. Methodenlehre (Prof. Dirk Wentura), Universität des Saarlandes, 23.04.2015.


Posters und Talks

Schäfer, S., Wentura, D., Pauly, M., & Frings, C. (2020). Where does the self end: Integration of others into the self-concept [talk in the symposium ‘The Cognitive Self: On the structure of the self and on effects of self-relevance in cognitive information processing’ by Schäfer, S., & Wesslein, A.-K.]. 62nd Tagung experimentell arbeitender Psychologen (TeaP), March 23rd -25th, Jena, Germany teap2020.dryfta.com/program-schedule (Conference canceled)

Schäfer, S., Wentura, & Frings, C. (2019) Finding the Self, wherever it is: An empirical Investigation of Locating the Self. Poster presented at the 21st conference of the European Society for Cognitive Psychology, Sept. 25th – 28th 2019, Tenerife, Spain

Schäfer, S., Wentura, D., Pauly, M., & Frings, C. (2019) The natural ego-center: An experimental account of locating the self. Poster presented at the European Conference for Cognitive Science 2019, Sept. 2nd – 4th 2019, Bochum, Germany.

Schäfer, S., Wentura, D., & Frings, C. (2018) Wie wir unser Selbst beschützen: Verringerte Priorisierung selbst-relevanter Reize bei eindeutig negativer Valenz. Talk at the 51st congress of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Psychologie (DGPs), Nov. 15th - 20th 2018, Frankfurt am Main, Germany.

Schäfer, S., Wentura, D., & Frings, C. (2018) How to stay positive: Integration or prevention of integration of negative content to the self. Talk at the 60th Tagung experimentell arbeitender Psychologen (TeaP), March 12th - 14th, Marburg, Germany.

Schäfer, S., Wentura, D., & Frings, C. (2017). Untersuchung der Grenzen des eigenen Selbst mittels objektiver Reizpriorisierung. Talk at the 50th Herbsttreffen experimentelle Kognitionspsychologie, Nov. 3th - 05 th 2017, Ulm, Germany.

Schäfer, S., Wentura, D., & Frings, C. (2016). Multimodale Selbstpriorisierung: wie beeinflussen unsere Sinne die Priorisierung des Selbst. Talk at the 5th national Doktorandenworkshop der Allgemeinen Psychologie, June 24th  - 26 th 2016, Freiburg, Germany

Schäfer, S., Wentura, D., & Frings, C. (2016) Reading `me´ and reading `death´:  Distinguishing effects of self-relatedness and valence. Talk at the 58th Tagung experimentell arbeitender Psychologen (TeaP), March 21st - 23rd, Heidelberg, Germany.

Schäfer, S., Wesslein, A. K., Spence, C., Wentura, D., & Frings, C. (2015). Self-prioritization among the sensory modalities. Talk at the 48th Herbsttreffen experimentelle Kognitionspsychologie, Nov. 13th -15th 2015, Kaiserslautern, Germany.

Schäfer, S., Wentura, D., & Frings, C. (2015). Priorisierung des Selbst: Funktioniert Aufmerksamkeitsallokation aufgrund von Selbstrelevanz über Valenz?. Talk at the 4th  national Doktorandenworkshop der Allgemeinen Psychologie, June 19th - 21th 2015, Jena, Germany.

Schäfer, S., Wentura, D., & Frings, C. (2015). Conceptual and specific self-prioritization: “I am the red triangle - not the green one!” Poster presented at the 57th Tagung experimentell arbeitender Psychologen (TeaP), March 8th - 11th 2015, Hildesheim, Germany.

Schäfer, S., Wentura, D., & Frings, C. (2014). Newly learned self-associations: Prioritization of self-relevant feature conjunctions. Talk at the 47th Herbsttreffen experimentelle Kognitionspsychologie, Nov. 7th - 9th 2014, Trier, Germany.

Schäfer, S., Wentura, D., & Frings, C. (2014) Matching concepts: associating abstract concepts to the self. Talk at the 3rd national Doktorandenworkshop der Allgemeinen Psychologie, Mai 23rd – 25th 2014, Aachen, Germany.

Research Interests

  • Influences of self-relevance on everyday stimulus processing
  • Effects of valence in comparison to effects of self-relevance on cognitive processes
  • Structure and Location of the 'Self'